Ashish Nanda and Nicholas Semi Haas
November 26, 2012
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On June 29, 2010, Hewlett Packard’s (HP) highly successful CEO Mark Hurd received a letter from a lawyer alleging he had sexually harassed a former HP contractor. Hurd shared the letter with HP’s general counsel Michael Holston. The case series follows the general counsel’s and the HP board’s decision-making process as they coped with the scandal.
This case series allows participants to discuss how the board and the general counsel (GC) can address a crisis that engulfs the CEO of a corporation. Faced with a potential scandal, what facts and possible consequences should the board and the GC take into account? How can they best address events and possibilities proactively?
Event Year Begin: 2010
Hewlett Packard and Mark Hurd (A)
Hewlett Packard and Mark Hurd (B)
Hewlett Packard and Mark Hurd (D)